Houston Wrongful Death Attorneys
If an accident claims the life of a loved one, families are suddenly faced with traumatic changes in their lives. They are forced to cope with their loved one’s passing and come to terms with their loss, while at the same time they may wish for some way to seek justice against the party whose negligent behavior caused the accident. Families searching for some sense of closure may choose to pursue legal action against the negligent party to help them better deal with their loss.
Our Houston wrongful death attorneys understand the extreme difficulty of seeking legal assistance while deep in mourning for your loss. However, we also understand the importance of filing a case quickly in order to help families seek the assistance they need to pay for medical bills, funeral expenses, and lost income, as well as compensation for loss of companionship. To learn more about how we can help you, contact the law offices of Williams Kherkher today by calling (888) 220-0640.
Wrongful Death Cases We Handle
Since 1983, the Houston wrongful death attorneys of Williams Kherkher have handled a range of wrongful death cases, including those involving:
- Auto Accidents
- Motorcycle Accidents
- Truck Accidents
- Plane Crashes
- Refinery Accidents
- Mesothelioma Claims
- General Negligence
- Workplace Injuries
- Jones Act Liability
- Defective or Dangerous Products or Machinery
- Train Accidents
Accidents can occur for a variety of reasons. At Williams Kherkher, we understand the pain that accompanies the loss of a loved one and work efficiently and professionally to help our clients pursue the justice they seek while at the same time allowing them space and time to grieve their loss.
If your loved one has been killed in an accident due to the negligent behavior of another party, the Houston wrongful death lawyers at Williams Kherkher may be able to help you pursue legal action against the party at fault. Contact us for a free consultation by calling (888) 220-0640.
Wrongful Death FAQs
Who can file a wrongful death claim?
The answer to this questions varies from state to state. In Texas specifically, the spouse, children, or parents of the deceased person may file a wrongful death claim. These individuals may choose to file a claim on their own or collectively as a group. Adoptive children may also file a wrongful death claim for a parent who has passed away if the child was fully and legally adopted by the deceased parent. If a spouse, child, or parent does not file a wrongful death suit within three months, then the personal representative or executor of the person who has passed may choose to file a claim. It is important to note that, by Texas law, siblings of a deceased person are not eligible to file a wrongful death suit. If you are unsure whether or not you are allowed to file a claim, contact an experienced lawyer for legal advice.
How long do I have to file a wrongful death claim?
The amount of time you have to file a claim is referred to as the “statute of limitations.” The statute of limitations for filing a wrongful death claim will always depend on the state you are in. In Texas, the time limit to bring a wrongful death lawsuit is typically two years from the time of your loved one’s death. If you are considering filing a wrongful death claim, be sure to consult with a knowledgeable attorney who can help you through the process and ensure you never miss a deadline.
How are the damages determined in a wrongful death case?
In a successful wrongful death claim, you may be able to receive compensation for a number of things. The first is financial damages, including the loss of the deceased person’s income that would have been provided to family members, and the value of maintenance, care, counsel, and support the person provided. Financial damages may also include a loss of inheritance that the person would have accumulated if they had lived a normal expected lifetime. You may also receive compensation for mental anguish, like emotional pain and trauma. In extreme cases, you may be in the position to recover punitive damages if the defendant acted in a particularly negligent or harmful manner.